Sweetening the deal, his close personal friend is Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Matt Joyce, and we had field passes. For the first time in my fandom I was on the field for batting practice, rubbing elbows with big leaguers. I didn't even mind that they were the enemy that evening. Until I took my seat. In the Rays family section. Surrounded by true Rays fans.
It hurt. Not being able to cheer and openly root for my Birds stung. The Orioles 9-2 victory took the sting out very quickly though.
Joyce came through and recently gave me this, I will count it as a Christmas gift.